Preparing Lebanese Cuisine In Your Kitchen.
AS style or method of cooking that is from the Mediterranean countries such as Lebanon is referred to as Lebanese cuisine. Lebanese cuisine is a Levantine cuisine that consist of high levels of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, starches, fresh fish and seafood and low levels of animal fats for consumption. If there has to be consumption of red meat it has to be a lamb on the coast and goat meat in the mountain regions. The cuisine contains flavours of the Lebanese diet such as olive oil, herbs, garlic and lemon for seasoning and may also contain large amount of chickpeas.
Lebanese cuisines are often grilled, baked or saut?ed in olive oil and rarely in butter and cream and the vegetable can be eaten raw, pickled, or cooked. The main characteristic of this type of cuisine is frequent and use of large amounts of spices and herbs. What is to be prepared in the Lebanese cuisine is usually determined by the seasons and what is available. Different regions of the Mediterranean countries have different ways of preparing or serving their cuisines with an example of Lebanon who have to serve drinks with food and Romania whose family life involves serving mezze which is an array of small dishes placed before the guests creating an array of colours, flavours, textures and aromas. In Lebanon, drinks must be accompanied with food while in Romania family life include mezze which is an array of small dishes with a lot of colours, flavours, textures and aromas showing that different Mediterranean countries have different ways of presenting their Lebanese cuisines.
Some of the Lebanese cuisine dishes are Shawarma Lamb which is marinated roast lamb slices served with tahini sauce, Shawarma Chicken whose ingredients are marinated roast chicken breast slices, served with garlic sauce, Shish Taouk which is prepared from Char-grilled skewered cubes of marinated chicken breast served with mild garlic sauce. Lebanese cuisines are also consumed in other parts of the world with the most famous ones being rich pastries, milk cakes, ground mutton in rice with lots of tomatoes and tabbouleh.
Other types of Lebanese cuisines are Lebanese ice cream with its oriental flavours, Lebanese roasted nuts with variety and mixes, sweets like Pastries such as Aish as-Saraya, Qatayef and Basbousa, and beverages like Arabic coffee, Lebanese wine, jallab and ayran yogurt.
By the help of recipes from different websites on the internet, one can be able to cook their own Lebanese cuisine in their kitchen. The recipes are also available in books that can be purchased from different stores online and on the streets. One of the books that are recommended with over 250 classical recipes that are fully comprehensive collection of truly authentic Lebanese recipes in English is the revised and updated edition Lebanese Cuisine by Anissa Helou.